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February 6, 2014

In Angola, police detain journalist for three days

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on police in Angola to release a journalist who has been held since Sunday on accusations of slander and defamation. Queirós Anastácio Chilúvia , deputy editor of the private Radio Despertar , was arrested when he went to the National Command Post police station in Cacuaco, a town on the sprawling outskirts of the capital, Luanda, to ask for comment about prisoners' screams that he heard while walking past the station, according to the independent news... MORE
March 17, 2011

Angola's ruling MPLA obstructing independent reporting

Angola's ruling MPLA government must allow the press to freely cover public events, the Committee to Protect Journalists demanded Wednesday after a number of recent incidents in which authorities barred journalists from covering public events related to the country's opposition party. On Tuesday, police officers and clerks at Angola's National Assembly arbitrarily denied reporters access to a public hearing of the chamber's Ethics Committee, according to local journalists. The committee was... MORE
March 9, 2011

Journalist gets one-year jail term, media harassed and censored in Angola

A reporter has been sentenced to a year in prison in Angola and several media and journalists have been threatened, roughed up or censored in the past two weeks, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “It is a disgrace for Angola that a journalist has been given a jail sentence for an alleged case of defamation that has not been proved,” RSF said. “We call for this conviction to be overturned on appeal. And we are disturbed that the authorities are... MORE
March 6, 2011

Angolan journalist gets year in prison for defamation

A court in Angola's southwestern province of Namibe sent a journalist to prison on Thursday without due process over his coverage of a sexual harassment scandal that implicated the province's top judicial official, according to local journalists and news reports. Judge Manuel Araujo sentenced Armando José Chicoca , a freelancer who reports for US government-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) and private Angolan newspapers such as Folha 8 , Agora , and O Apostolado , to one year in prison... MORE
October 23, 2010

In Angola, radio commentator injured in stabbing

A popular Angolan radio commentator, whose satirical broadcasts have been critical of the government, was injured in a stabbing this morning in the capital city of Luanda, according to local journalists and news reports. António Manuel Manuel Da Silva, better known as "Jójó," was walking home around 3 a.m. when he was stabbed by an attacker who confronted him about his program on private Radio Despertar, according to the station's director, Alexandre Neto, who spoke with eyewitnesses. In his... MORE
September 11, 2010

Angolan journalist with critical radio station gunned down in his home

Alberto Graves Chakussanga, an Angolan radio journalist with a station critical of the ruling MPLA government was gunned down on Sunday. Chakussanga's neighbours and relatives found the journalist lying in a corridor of his home in Luanda's Viana district with a bullet in his back early Sunday morning. He had been the presenter of a weekly, Umbundu-language news call-in programme on private Radio Despertar. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear. Colleagues told New York-based... MORE